“Their score was one of the best musical accompaniments I’ve heard”  (BFI magazine) 

“the duo’s moody, ambient score struck just the right balance between awe and alienation – a bold but beautifully judged reappraisal of a ground-breaking movie”  ***** (The Scotsman) ​​​​​​

Herschel 36 brings together the creative forces of drummer Stuart Brown and keyboardist Paul Harrison to create a unique brand of experimental improvised avantronica that draws equally on glitchy IDM, ambient electronica and organic free jazz improvisation. Their debut album, Astrophysik, was released in 2019 and features music from their critically acclaimed live silent film score for the groundbreaking 1925 astronomy documentary, “Wunder Der Schöpfung”, commissioned by Hippfest Festival of Silent Cinema and Film Hub Scotland. They are currently working on their second album to be released later in 2020. 


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Astrophysik, Music for The Film "Wunder Der Schöpfung"

Astrophysik is the debut album by experimental electronic duo, Herschel 36, and features music from their critically acclaimed soundtrack to the extraordinary 1925 German silent film, Wunder Der Schöpfung (‘Wonder of Creation’), originally commissioned by the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival (a.k.a. HippFest) in 2016 and supported by Film Hub Scotland (part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network) and funded by Screen Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.

The film combines fact and fantasy and is an extraordinary document of human knowledge about the universe in the 1920s. Fifteen special effects experts and nine cameramen were involved in the production and some visual elements are even said to have in- spired scenes in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. This relatively obscure film has been given an entirely new lease of life by Herschel 36’s innovative soundtrack which combines dark, improvised electronic soundscapes, live drumming, soaring synth melodies, and intense musical spontaneity. Astrophysik is a snapshot of four live performances of the score, recorded during the band’s 2016 UK tour and later edited and rearranged by the band in to this 10 track album.
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"Gigelorum (or Giol-Daoram) is an insect of Scottish folklore. It was believed to be the smallest creature. No description or information is available about it except that it inhabits the ear of a mite."

Gigelorum is a brand new track by Herschel 36, specially recorded for Making Music Day on 21st June 2020. The live performance video will be streamed on the day at 15:00 BST at the youtube link below and the track will be released on Bandcamp on the same day. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-KrTO8LbgFcuiuQ3KPmsnw

Note: this is a single track release, not a full album.
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